THE Catholic Leader is to be congratulated on the prominence given to the attack on the teaching of the Church on the nature of marriage as being between a man and a woman.
There were two good articles on the subject in the July 5 issue: one in defence of the distribution of the bishops’ pastoral letter on the subject (“New booklet ‘respectful’”, page 5) and the other commenting on the dreadful decision of the American Supreme Court (“‘A tragic error’”, page 6).
Some of the attacks on the Church’s teaching on the subject come from homosexual activists and are to be expected, but there are other attacks from totally unexpected quarters.
A month or so ago, the weekend magazine of a national newspaper carried a full-page advertisement featuring 133 businesses lending their names to the dishonest call for “marriage equality”.
Another unexpected quarter is politicians who identify as Catholics.
Again, I am at a loss as to how a Catholic can come out in defiance of the Church’s clear teaching on the subject and still identify as a Catholic, but that is not for me to judge.
I wonder if parish priests and bishops still call parishioners, who are publicly in error, in for a chat and, perhaps, a little spiritual direction. We can only hope that this still happens.